What a time we had in 1949

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Clovis and Curry County had a great year in 1949. Here are some of the things that happened: • On April 25, 1949, a groundbreaking took place at 12th and Main for the new St. James Episcopal Church, built in the Spanish adobe style. It’s still the most attractive church […]

If it looks like a pig, it might be a pig

By Grant McGee I hit the road last weekend. I left Clovis, passed through Portales and headed five hours south to southwest Texas. The Lady of the House and I were road trippin’. Our destination was Balmorhea State Park so she could swim on her birthday. It’s an annual rite of passage. Going over the […]

Flames in Clovis fire of 1909 were well-fed

Tom Pendergrass moved with his family from Texico to Clovis in 1907 when he was 7. He remembered all the excitement of those early days, especially the fires. This is his story about what he called the “big fire” in 1909: “Clovis’ first major fire occurred on April 29, 1909. That’s what my dad said. […]

Lady Cats cruise at Cibola

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Brittany Blackmon and Aimee Hilburn took turns dominating the game and Tori Quintana continued her torrid 3-point shooting as unbeaten Clovis rolled to a 70-45 win over Cibola on Tuesday in a District 4-5A girls basketball game. After squandering a double-digit lead in the second quarter, the Lady Wildcats (23-0, 5-0 […]

When the winter chill comes, area farmers leave the fields to play dominoes

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(CNJ staff photo: Tova Fruchtman) Charlie Fields, left, Paul D. Barnes, center, and Jay Boone get ready to start a new round at the Curry County 42 League Monday night meet between the Pleasant Hill and Center-Aucutt teams. Tova Fruchtman The clanking of the dominoes hitting one another overshadows the 20 men’s voices. Their table […]

Clovis funeral home full of life

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(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Kevin Ducan, left, and Russell Muffley talk as another round of coffee is poured last week at Muffley’s back door during morning coffee. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer The front door to Muffley Funeral Home brings people face to face with death. Just a few feet away, through the rear […]

Sizemore, Glen Jackson

Glen Jackson Sizemore Services:Have been held. Glen Jackson Sizemore, 89, of Clovis, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at his home. He was born on Sept. 7, 1916, in Dallas, to Oscar and Ollie Jackson Sizemore. He moved to Roswell in 1926. While in Roswell he attended school and at the age of 12 began painting […]

I wanted to boomerang; Dad said no

Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A couple of weeks ago I ran across an article about “Boomerang Kids.” These are young adults who leave the family nest — they’ve gone to college or trade school, they’ve probably had their first job — then something drives them home. The forces that drive them back can include being […]

Man began 15 papers in New Mexico towns

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Most old-timers and historians know about Arthur Curren being the father of Clovis newspapers in 1907. Not many know that Arthur’s father, James Edward Curren, established 15 newspapers in the territory of New Mexico, as well as others in Colorado and Texas. Jim Curren was a man of quick wit, […]

At what age is it good to have children?

by Helena Rodriguez The miniature rubber duckie on the soap dish in my shower always reminds me of Amanda. Dear, sweet Amanda. But here lately, I see the rubber duckie and all I can think is, “Amanda is pregnant! Amanda is pregnant!” Amanda was my daughter Laura’s best friend when we lived in Abilene, Texas. […]

Single military parents find help in group

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent Being a military parent can be challenging. But life can be especially tough if you’re a single military parent. Because of the many challenges that come along with raising a child alone and serving in the military at the same time, a Clovis woman has started a group to help […]

A.L. Gurley: Pioneer entrepreneur

One of the busier pioneers who helped in the making of Clovis was A. L. Gurley. He made his fortune in broomcorn and oil. Success in oil was the tricky part! This is how it came about: First he married his childhood sweetheart, Myrtle Poor, in Purdy, Mo. That was in 1903. They headed west […]

Clovis sunsets are smokin’

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A haze of smoke purportedly from a fire in the Capitan Mountains hovered over Clovis on Monday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer People looking to the southwest on Monday afternoon may have noticed a dark sky and smelled smoke. The smoke wasn’t coming from anywhere nearby, however […]

Coming home another chapter in life

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” — T.S. Eliot, 1943 Last week’s final episode of “Frasier” left me in tears. I’ve found this TV psychiatrist’s dry sense of humor […]

First Baptist hosting annual Bible conference

By Darrell Todd Maurina Churches from New Mexico and west Texas will be sending members and leaders to First Baptist Church of Texico for the church’s annual Bible conference beginning Sunday. Started 22 years ago, the Texico Annual Bible Conference is free to the public. This year’s conference will bring the pastor of one of […]

Clovis sweeps Eagles

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Clovis senior shortstop Jason Seefeld throws out a runner at first base during the first game of Friday’s double header at Bell Park. Photo by Eric Kluth By Eric Butler Mark Replogle used his feet as much as his bat to beat Eldorado. With a doubleheader sweep over the Eagles, the Wildcats pushed themselves to […]

Kid still raising ruckus after his death

Ned Cantwell: Local columnist Our little state has gone nuts, just plain nuts. Catch this: The mayor of Fort Sumner says he will set up a table outside a supermarket and sell cupcakes if that is what it takes to raise needed money for his community. And for what purpose does Mayor Ray Lopez seek […]

Woman treated after house fire

By CNJ STAFF A late afternoon fire at 1416 Avondale filled the home with smoke and sent a woman to Plains Regional Medical Center. Firefighters at the scene said the blaze didn’t spread beyond the room where it started. According to Battalion Chief Jerry Swanson of the Clovis Fire Department, the fire began in the […]

Unfarmed fields explode into flames

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A large cloud of smoke rises behind a home north of Clovis as a brush fire burns in the background Friday near State Route 209 and Curry County Road 16. The fire burned 100 acres Friday and 40 Saturday (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina Officials from the Clovis Fire Department have […]

Andrews on stage: Rock ’n’ romance

By Clyde Davis It’s not your daddy’s country music, that is for sure. If your concept of country music is Haggard and Jones, Wynette and Lynn, the stuff your mom and dad used to listen to, the Jessica Andrews concert presented for free at ENMU this past week would have thrown you for a loop. […]